Synopses & Reviews
Emphasizing the power of prayer in our lives, a poignant memoir draws on the author's personal experiences of family, loss, love, and redemption to explain how prayer soothed her own anxieties, gave her strength to deal with life's adversities, and became an instrument of healing, trust, and faith that transformed her life. 20,000 first printing.
"Ten years ago Crittenden walked timidly into an Episcopal church in Berkeley, Calif. Overwhelmed with grief, she needed something to sustain her. Therapy had helped her deal with her beloved younger brother's death, but it was not enough. A priest suggested prayer. In this exquisitely written memoir, she traces her experience of prayer from hesitant beginnings 'I left 'God' out of it, as I repeated the simple statement. 'You are here, I am here' ' to regular, disciplined practice. Prayer, she told an uncle, was like writing. 'If I waited for inspiration, I'd never write a word.... I had to make prayer a habit, to go to it the way I went each morning to the desk. Not to summon prayer, but to tap into what was already there.' Crittenden, whose essay on her mother's death appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing 2004, faced repeated bereavement as she learned to trust God, herself and others. Nowadays, she writes, 'being in community holds me like a trapeze harness for sailing out over the void.' Fans of Nora Gallagher and Patricia Hampl will welcome her narrative of spiritual exploration and discovery." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
LINDSEY CRITTENDEN has received degrees from the University of California in Berkeley and in Davis, and she now teaches writing in the extension program of UC Berkeley. She is the author of an award-winning short story collection as well as essays and articles that have appeared in many national publications. She lives in San Francisco, California.
Visit the author at www.lindseycrittenden.com.